Episode 73 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast
From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis
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Paul Solarz @PaulSolarz has a student-centered classroom. His students do just about everything. No, he’s not lazy! The students have purpose and meaning. And Paul is free to just teach! Paul is the author of Learn Like a Pirate. We’re also hosting a giveaway for the book on today’s show!
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In today’s show, Paul Solarz talks about how his students lead the classroom:
- Why Paul relaxes after spring break (it isn’t what you think)
- How a student-centered classroom flows
- An example math lesson in Paul’s classroom
- A different philosophy of teaching
- Students don’t teach content and why
I hope you enjoy this episode with Paul Solarz!
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Paul Solarz has been teaching fifth grade at Westgate Elementary School in Arlington Heights, since 1999. He advocates for student-centered teaching practices and a focus on twenty-first century skills attainment.
Paul’s students spend time each week pursuing personal interests during Passion Time (a.k.a. Genius Hour) and maintain personal ePortfolios of their work in class.
Paul published a book entitled, “Learn Like a PIRATE,” which gives teachers ideas for empowering students to collaborate and become stronger leaders while effectively leading the classroom. In 2015, he was named a Top 50 Finalist for the Varkey GEMS Global Teacher Prize, and was also named the 2014 Educator of the Year by Illinois Computing Educators.
Transcript for this episode
To be posted as soon as it is available. Check back soon!